Motorists Reminded to Use Seat Belts, Drive Sober Over Labor Day Holiday
Law enforcement from 150 local police departments, sheriff's offices and Michigan State Police are continuing a stepped up drunk driving and seat belt enforcement through the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The federally funded extra patrols are part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which began earlier this month and will last through Monday.
Michael L. Prince, Director for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, says "the Labor Day holiday weekend is a time for many families to celebrate and travel our great state. For law enforcement officers, however, it is time for extra drunk driving and seat belt patrols. These dedicated officers will be conducting strict, stepped up enforcement so everyone can travel safely this holiday."
During the 2013 Labor Day holiday, 10 people were killed in traffic crashes. Of those fatalities, three were alcohol related. One driver who was killed was not wearing a seat belt.
The drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign enforcement is occurring in 40 counties throughout the state. The grant funded seat belt and drunk driving enforcement is part of Michigan's Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Governor Snyder in 2013.